The new arrangements for public transport in downtown Kingston will be implemented by mid-January.
This was disclosed by General Manager, Operations, Transport Authority, Cecil Morgan during a press briefing, held on December 8, at the Jamaica Conference Centre to unveil the proposed transportation plans for the capital city, within the framework of the redevelopment of downtown Kingston.
He explained that under the new arrangements the state-owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses will be allowed to terminate at both North and South Parade.
Managing Director, Transport Authority, Daniel Dawes (left), greets Assistant Commandant, Island Special Constabulary Force, Calvin Allen, at a press briefing held on December 8, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, to outline details of the proposed transportation system for downtown Kingston. Looking on is General Manager, Operations, Transport Authority, Cecil Morgan.
The JUTC’s sub-franchise operators will terminate in the Pechon Street facilities, which will be upgraded to facilitate the new arrangements, he pointed out. Rural buses plying routes from St. Mary, St. Thomas and Portland will terminate in Terminal One on Water Lane, while Hackney carriages will operate from a bay at North and South Parade, at the intersection of King and Barry Streets and King and Tower Streets.
Commuters will also be connected to the various terminals through one of eight JUTC buses which will operate free shuttles between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.
Mr. Morgan said the new transport plan will facilitate the development of downtown Kingston, ease traffic congestion, address lack of parking facilities, provide a safer environment and allow for better monitoring and regulating of public passenger vehicles.
“In order to address all of this, we had a series of meetings. Those meetings were very dynamic and at the end of these meetings, we had an amicable resolution to all the concerns that were put forward,” he said.
General Manager, Operations, Transport Authority, Cecil Morgan, exchanging pleasantries with General Manager, Urban Development Corporation, Joy Douglas, at a press briefing held on December 8, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, to outline details of the proposed transportation system for downtown Kingston.
Mr. Morgan added that some 20 additional inspectors will be utilised by the Transport Authority to maintain order in the downtown region, when the new transportation arrangements take effect.
Meanwhile, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Gervis Taylor informed that policemen will be placed along all the routes in the downtown transport area.
“This is intended to ensure the safety and security of commuters who need to use the facilities and similar to the (transport) centre in Half-Way Tree, we will have a police post and it will be manned by the Island Special Constabulary Force,” he said.
The new arrangements are being finalised ahead of major redevelopment in downtown Kingston, such as construction of the Digicel global headquarters on the Kingston Waterfront. Other corporate entities have also expressed a desire to relocate to downtown Kingston.